The Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) led by its president Dr Mohd Yousuf Tak today met Chief Secretary of Union territory of JK, Shri AK Mehta at Civil Secreterait and stressed upon the addressal of the long pending genuine issues and demands of the doctor fraternity of the UT. The other executive members who participated in meet were Dr Mir Mohd Ashraf (senior Vice president), Dr Arshed H Trag (Vice President), Dr Imtiyaz M Banday (Spokesperson) and Dr Basharat H Shah.
As per the statement issued to Kashmir News Service, he Chief Secretary gave a patient hearing to all demands and assured the association of a bonafide redressal of their genuine grievances within a limited time frame.
Later the delegation met Financial Commissioner HME, Shri Atal Dullo and DAK President, Dr Tak delineated the crucial role of doctors and other healthcare workers during the current crisis and highlighted their dedication towards their duties in these trying times. Shri Atal Dullo while appreciating the efforts of doctors, promised to resolve the all genuine issues of the fraternity and Designated Mr Mohammed Rafiq, Director Finance HME as “Special officer” for redressal of long pending demands of doctors.
The delegation latter held a meeting with Director Finance HME, Mr Mohammed Rafiq and discussed all the issues pertaining to Medical fraternity in length and breadth. DAK President while elaborating on the demands, pressed for covid incentives for all, two and half day salary, monthly risk allowances, caderisation of medical officers/Dental surgeons, consultants apart from Restoration of Administrative Seniority, and requested the Chair to have a sympathetic look on these burning issues and give proper consideration to the overdue demands of the fraternity. Dak further submitted the memorandum to restore previous SRO by virtue of which a Medical officer was allowed to proceed on higher education after completion of 2 years of Regular service and not five years, as was in vogue before 2020.
DAK spokesperson while narrating the ordeal of unemployed dental surgeons appealed the designated Special officer to intervene in this humanitarian issue and requested for creation of new dental surgeon posts, absorption of Unemployed Dental surgeons in NHM at block levels and in Covid Hospitals.
It is pertinent to mention here that two weeks back DAK had met the Hon’ble LG, Shri Manoj Sinha and pressed for the early rederessal of long pending demands of doctors of the Union Territory. We are very much hopeful that our long pending demands will me met as soon as possible.(KNS)